A Press release from the PNP today said the Leader of the Opposition and President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, mourns the death of the former Tourism Minister.
Dr Phillips said the late PNP stalwart was a distinguished Jamaican who served his country well through his outstanding career which included stints in the military, where he served both locally and overseas.
His long history of service to Jamaica dates back to 1953 when Pringle was Aide de Camp to Governor Sir Hugh MacIntosh Foot.
Ambassador Pringle also served in other sectors such as agriculture and diplomacy, and tourism where he achieved significant successes in promoting the Jamaican brand to the rest of the world.
“Perhaps the defining feature of Frank Pringle’s contribution as a public servant was that despite being born into a family of substantial privilege, he devoted himself to the national movement and struggle of the Jamaican masses, which started with his association with Jamaica’s Independence movement. He was one of the early pioneers in the struggle with Norman Manley and subsequently teamed up with Michael Manley to advance the cause of democratic socialism and self-reliance,” Dr Phillips noted.
He was always committed to the upliftment of the Jamaican people. Under Michael Manley he served as Minister of Tourism (1989- 1992).
As Tourism Minister, he was passionate about the development of the product and lobbied for its creative industries such as presenting the country’s craft and entertainment to our visitors as he believed that the “Jamaicaness” of the visitor’s experience would add richness to their vacation and stopover.
His work in the tourism sector spanned stints with the UNWTO, as a founding member and director of the Tryall Club, and as a champion for small properties and villas through his work with JAVA (Jamaica Association of Villas and Apartments) of which he was also a founding member.
He was instrumental in the development of the internationally renowned Johnnie Walker Golf Tournament during the period 1995 – 2000, establishing Jamaica as a power house in the international golf circuit.
Keenly community-oriented, he is a Founder and Chairman of the Montego Bay Legal Aid Committee and is a long-standing Member of the Cavalry and Guards Club of London.
Ambassador Pringle was a necessary loud voice for the development of the west which included Montego Bay, Hanover and Negril for which he advocated strenuously in local and international fora.
He was also a very active member of the PNP executive body and the National Executive Council (NEC).
In 2014, he was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Rank Commander for his outstanding contribution to Jamaica in diplomacy, political representation and philanthropy, and for his enduring love and nurturing of the Jamaican people, spanning over five decades.
“His purpose was never about himself; the improvement of the quality of life of the Jamaican people was his cause. Jamaican owes him significant gratitude for his dedicated national service,” Said Dr Phillips.
“We offer our deepest condolences to his daughter Kerstin and other members of his family,” Dr Phillips said.
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